Archive for 2014

Teacher-Quality Coalition Issues Policy Roadmap for Teacher, Principal Development

Recognizing the fact that students in many high-need schools continue to have disproportionately low access to great educators, on Tuesday the Coalition for Teaching Quality (CTQ) released Excellent Educators for Each and Every Child: A Policy Roadmap for Transforming the Teaching and Principal Professions. The Coalition also held House and Senate briefings on Capitol Hill with practitioners to help explain the importance of these strategies to address the inequity of opportunity.

In the policy roadmap, CTQ—which comprises more than 100 civil rights, disability, rural, youth, higher education, principal, and education advocacy organizations, including AACTE, dedicated to ensuring that every child has fully prepared and effective educators—presents a vision for a continuum of the teaching and principal professions to ensure every child has well-prepared and effective educators.

Relish Atlanta’s Downtown Flair at AACTE’s 2015 Annual Meeting

AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting will take up residence in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, conveniently located downtown in Peachtree Center, with indoor MARTA access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just 15 miles away. The hotel boasts a breathtaking atrium marked by the 50-foot, color-changing sail of Pulse – a classically cool cocktail lounge and iconic symbol in the city. Hotel amenities include a spa, fitness center, unique dining options, and stunning guestrooms and suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing skyline views – all for just $189/night.

While based at the heart of the ninth-largest U.S. population metropolis, you will be just steps away from the city’s attractions, historic landmarks, shopping, sporting event centers, and trendiest bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Nearby tourist sites abound:

AACTE’s 2015 Annual Meeting Offers the Best Bang for Your Buck

AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting offers you high value for your registration dollar. Hundreds of enriching sessions, networking opportunities, meal functions, and access to the latest research and best practices are all included—giving you a great bang for your buck!

What’s more, the registration fees for AACTE’s Annual Meeting have stayed the same for several years, even with enriched offerings. Here are some of the extras you’ll get at our Atlanta conference:

‘Building Better Teachers’: Advances in Teacher Preparation

What will it take to build a better teacher? That’s the question that was recently discussed in a PBS NewsHour report featuring Elizabeth Green, cofounder and CEO of Chalkbeat and author of the new book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (And How to Teach It to Everyone).

In her book, Green explores the qualities and experiences that impact a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom, underscoring one of the most important factors in performance: their preparation. She emphasizes that effective teaching requires not only intellect, but also a strong set of skills developed through rigorous instruction and clinical experience. Green’s book pierces through the complexities surrounding program quality to ask fundamental questions about how teachers become great and how schools of education can best support that process.

Last Call for AACTE Award Nominations

Nominations for all of the 2015 AACTE awards close FRIDAY, October 10! Submit an entry now at AACTE’s online submission site. To read detailed submission information, please refer to the official Call for Entries.

The following awards are still accepting nominations:

  • Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology
  • Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives
  • Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity
  • Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education
  • David G. Imig Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teacher Education
  • Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

AACTE Board Approves CAEP Technical Assistance, Discontinues Resolutions

The AACTE Board of Directors met September 11-12 in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting agenda, led by Chair Julie Underwood (University of Wisconsin Madison), dealt with topics from the Innovation Exchange and membership engagement to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), as well as information around the organization’s operations and federal and state policy updates.

President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson reported on the operations of the organization, highlighting the Innovation Exchange, growth in membership, a successful 2014 Annual Meeting, and a strong first application cycle for the Research Fellowship.

Colorado Seeks Input on Aligning Educator Licensing Rules

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE), in conjunction with the New Teacher Project, has announced new efforts to align the state’s educator licensing statutes, rules, and content assessments. As part of the alignment efforts, CDE is inviting stakeholders to participate in a series of focus group meetings this month.

The focus groups will meet during the weeks of October 6 and October 13 at the following locations and times:

Western State (Gunnison) October 7, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Pikes Peak BOCES (Colorado Springs) October 9, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
UNC Greeley October 10, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
UC Denver October 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Mesa University (Grand Junction) October 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

AACTE Statement on Federal Award of 2014 Teacher Quality Partnership Grants

AACTE is thrilled that the U.S. Department of Education last week announced the awarding of a new round of Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants, the federal government’s only investment in reforming teacher preparation. With grants totaling more than $35 million to 24 partnerships in the first year alone, these awards will assist to recruit, train, and support more than 11,000 educators in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

AACTE is pleased by the administration’s recognition of the value of continued federal investment in higher education-based teacher preparation programs. Many AACTE member institutions have benefited from TQP funding since the program’s inception in 2009, and the new round of grants expands the reach to more institutions and their partner schools.

National edTPA Implementation Conference

The annual National edTPA Implementation Conference will be held October 24 – 25 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Preregistration closes October 13, and space is limited!

This year’s conference, titled “Implementation for and as Learning,” will convene higher education administrators, state agency representatives, clinical supervisors, and others engaged in edTPA implementation. Lorrie Shepard of the University of Colorado at Boulder will be featured as the keynote speaker.

Come share your experiences and hear others’ perspectives of how edTPA is being used in teacher preparation programs nationwide.

Visit http://edtpa.aacte.org/events for more information and to register.

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